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Mortal Kombat #1
Introduces .ill of the
Kraibatants and leads up to
their arrival at Shang Tsung's
Mortal Kombat #1
released July 1994
Mortal Kombat #1
Mortal Kombat #2
Mortal Kombat #2
The tournajaem begins and
the [Combatants are taken
prisoner as Shang Isung
attempts to open the
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Mortal Kombat #3
Goro, Prince of Pain #1
Kombat U and the
Mortal Kombat #4
The Kombatonts travel
through Outworld facing
Patrick Rolo and Bobby Rae
Goro, Prince of Pain #2
Roy Burdine andjsu k SnuL
Mortal Kombat #5
Tao Te Zhan and find
back from Outworld.
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aid ZaggOt carries on, with
Goto and the Mortal
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John Tobias (Right) and Ed Boon '< int ° a Malibu comic book as well?
(Left) Co Designers of Mortal
The MORTAL KOMBAT® of John Tobias
An Interview with the Co-designer of MORTAL KOMBAT
By Robert J. Sodaro
You've got the hottest arcade game on the planet burning up the charts and crushing all
opposition, You've successfully translated it and put it into a one-shot mail-order comic, and
the home video game market. You've just released the Mortal Kombat II video game, the
sequel to your still best-selling Mortal Kombat, and there's talk about a live-action tour as
well as a live-action movie. What now? Well, if you're John Tobias and Ed Boon, why not turn
Kombat the Video Game
Sodaro: Could you tell us a little of the background of how you developed Mortal Kombat?
Tobias: Ed and I wanted to do a fighting game, similar to a game called Karate Champ. We
wanted to do a game that had head-to-head fighting in it. We threw that idea around a little
bit, then we put our proposal in. We were both working on other projects at the time so it was
going to be a while before we got started. Then a game called Street Fighter II came out that
was exactly the head-to-head fighting that we wanted to do and that was successful enough
that it spurred our people here enough to say, "Go ahead, do a fighting game." We finished
the projects we were working on and started working on it,
Sodaro: When was that?
Tobias: That was in '91 . The first game took us eight or nine months, which is pretty quick for
a video game. Normally it takes a little over a year.
Sodaro: Does it disturb you at all that people are claiming your game is way too violent? Or is
' rt just people overreacting?
Tobias; It's media hype. I think violence is an issue when it comes to an eight-year old
playing the game, but an eight-year old shouldn't be playing the game. Acclaim, the company
that released it for the home, did everything they could. Sega put ratings on it. They took the
gory parts of the game out of the Nintendo version. They did everything they could to address
the issue. If a parent thinks it's too violent for their nine-year old then they shouldn't buy it. It's
a $70.00 game. No kid is walking into Toys 'R Us, plopping seventy bucks down, and buying
Sodaro: Can you give us some tips on how to play the game?
Tobias: (Pause) Practice. There's all kinds of secret moves and stuff. That's more a question
geared to my partner who knows most of that stuff. In Mortal Kombat ll~l think all the hidden
stuff in Mortal Kombat has been figured out -but in the second game there's tons of stuff that
we buried under the game.
Sodaro: Like what, for instance? Can you give us any clues?
Tobias: Secret characters, and there's a lot of little things that you can do that it's going to
be a while before people figure out how to find a hidden
background or a hidden character.
Sodaro: Could you give us an example of
mething that was hidden in the first
Tobias: In the first one there wasn't
l that much hidden stuff. The most
popular thing was a character called
Reptile. We have these two ninjas,
Sub-Zero and Scorpion. We took a
ninja. tinted his pallet green, and
called him Reptile. There were
certain things you had to do to get a
match with him. It happened in a one
player game. Something had to fly in
front of the moon in the background, you
had to get two flawless victohes, touch the
block button, perform a finishing move on a
certain level, then all of a sudden you'd warp and
you'd fight this Reptile character on the bottom of one
of the backgrounds called The Pit. It actually wasn't discovered for six
months. Some kid miraculously found it by accident.
Sodaro: i would imagine you would have to have some of those Ihings happen by accidenl.
Tobias: It's amazing because the players are incredible. We've hidden stuff in the second game that we
thought they weren't going to find (or three months. The game was only out two weeks and somebody
found it. There's a lot of these computer networks and they're always putting up new hints. The players
are incredible about finding stuff. They haven't found nearly even/thing that's hidden in the second one
Sodaro: How many things are hidden in the second game?
Tobias: It's kind of vague because (atalities are considered hidden, and I think they found the majority
of those. If I said over a hundred that wouldn't be overdoing it.
Sodaro: What's the halt-life of an arcade game? How long do they stay hot?
Tobias: A game can be hot for years. Normally what happens is a game will come out and do well for the first couple of months.
Then another game will come out. It's like the movies; a movie oomes out and it's number one at the box office for a couple of
weeks, then another new movie will come out. Mortal Kombat came out and did really well m Ihe arcades. It depends on the arcade,
but we've seen Mortal Kombat earn upwards of S! ,600 a week. Mortal Kombat was lops for six or seven months. It was eventually
beaten by another game we put out here called NBA Jam! Eventually NBA Jam! slipped and Mortal Kombat was number one again,
and that was amazing because that was 14 months later.
Sodaro: How did it get translated into a comic book?
Tobias: I had been doing comic books prior to working here.
Sodaro: What were you doing?
Tobias: I hadn't done that much. I did The Real Ghostbusters for Now Comics for a year-and-a-half. That was a real cartoony thing.
I had always wanted to do Spider-Man or something. I did some stuff for Malibu. Then I stopped with comic books because I got
busy here. With each of these characters I had developed an entire world that I wanted lo tell. The only place I could tell it was in
the ending sequence or in the attract-mode sequence which, unfortunately, doesn't get seen too often. Although we were getting
tons of letters from people asking things like "Are there any members of the White Lotus Society hidden in the game (which was Liu
Kang's group]'''' It amazed us that all these players were so familiar with the story. I immediately said I wanted to do a comic book. I
talked some people here into putting up the money and letting us produce a comic book that we sold through the game. The
players could send in three dollars and receive the comic book. The comic did really well. Somebody at Malibu ordered the comic,
and they expressed interest in doing ft
Sodaro: Do you have any input into the Malibu comic book?
Tobias: Yeah, I had a couple of conversations with Mark Paniccia the editor on the comic. We went back and forth, and we got a
hold of Charles Marshall, the writer first. I had some pretty long phone conversations with him. In the tinal scnpts that we approved,
he hit it right on Ihe head. I think he did an excellent Job,
Sodaro: Would you have liked to have written or drawn the comic yourself?
Tobias: I would have liked to have but with what I do here I just don't have the time.
Sodaro: Will you be contributing covers or anything?
Tobias: I might. We talked about that a little bit although the artist who they have, Palrick Rolo. is
excellent. I'd enjoy seeing him do the covers. Mark had asked if I had any interest in doing that so I
might do a cover here or there. The first couple of issues that Malibu's going lo put out are a re-telling
of the comic book that I did. It was 16 pages and I did it in like two weeks. Marshall did an excellent
job. He embellished it and added some things. I'm real excited about what they're doing, I just
received the rest of Patrick's pencils for the first issue and they look excellent.
Sodaro: What are you working on now?
Tobias: Right now I just finished Mortal Kombat II, and I'm currently
working on a comic we're going to be selling through the game, kind of like
the first one we did.
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Company. All Rights Reserved, Used under license.
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I month this has been lor all ot us
I here in the Licensing Department.
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I sighting, which most ot us figured
I was a delusion brought on by
I sleep deprivation. Then there were
I radioactive ants
I in the kitchen,
I and let's not
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I strange cosmic
I meteorite that
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I around comics
I too much? Was it
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I true that staring
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I thing that
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I spine? We just
I gave up trying to
I figure out what was going on and
I went back to work, producing
I (what I'm proud to say) a whole
I lotta great books.
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■Ve've got the regular
I senes kickln' along, Garo comes to
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goodies, and a Special Edition of
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movie's director and producer.
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